Verified Buyer Reviewed by Nmplank from Montana on Thursday, April 26, 2018
I waited to write this review until I had hiked a few times in these. First, I went a short 1 mile to "break them in" but shockingly, there was no need to break them in! Right out of the box, they felt great! Since the 1 mile went so well, I then went to tougher terrain and did 4 miles. This time I also was in snow that would come to top of boot. Again, they did fantastic. The ankle support was TOP NOTCH. I have weak ankles from a previous climbing incident and that is the reason I chose these(from reading about the stellar support they offered). So next up, I did 6 miles in somewhat wet conditions and in times needed to even step right into running water to cross where I needed to. I was thrilled that they were indeed completely waterproof. They had been so nice on my feet as far as breath-ability that I doubted the total waterproof claim, but they seriously did not let one drop in. Last, I tested them on a steeper incline/decline situation because another pet peeve of mine with hiking shoes or boots is that there is not toe comfort and on steep descents my toes end up in so much pain. Again...I am happy to report there was no toe pain! The insole of this boot has a design that actually helps your foot to NOT slide forward and that saves your toes from being beaten all the way down. That added with the nice amount of toe box space and excellent arch support made these totally comfortable up and down. I would buy these again and again and in fact am considering purchasing a second pair to just have in my closet when the time comes that I finally wear these down. I have down all types of hiking from cross country, to rock scrambling and climbing and even several 14ers and these are hands down, the very best shoe/boot I have ever used.
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